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Poster: -FP- Date: Aug 19, 2003 8:09am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: What is the highest quality format?MPEG2?

Yeah, MPEG2. It's DV-res, essentially the same format you'd get on a DVD release. It's compressed, but most of the files here are encoded pretty well with minimal artifacts.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: Aug 21, 2003 10:49pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: What is the highest quality format?MPEG2?

MPEG2 and DV are not the same format, they differ considerably. Aside from significant differences in compression (and hence quality), MPEG2 frames are interleaved which means you cannot edit the format directly.

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Poster: Percy Dovetonsils Date: Aug 25, 2003 2:20am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: What is the highest quality format?MPEG2?

I've been downloading the MPEG2's and converting them to DV w/ Cleaner. Most work fine this way, but some of the re-encoded files come up blank and with no sound. Any idea why this would be? It seems like it's the files, not Cleaner, 'cause it works fine with most Mpeg's.

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Aug 25, 2003 8:47am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: What is the highest quality format?MPEG2?

Don't know why you aren't getting any audio when re-encoding, but I have noticed that some MPEG-2's have right channel audio only. Maybe that has something to do with it.

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Aug 21, 2003 11:10am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: What is the highest quality format?MPEG2?

MPEG-2 is the compression scheme and file format of DVD's, but not all MPEG-2 or DVD video is the same. The highest quality files of films here are the MPEG-2's, yes. And every film here that I have seen (about a thousand) was originally in 4x3 aspect ratio, but that doesn't mean the MPEG-2 version has a resolution that is of the same ratio - some are 480x480 (higher vertical than horizontal resolution - non-square pixels). The newest batch seem to be 640x480 (square pixels, and I like these cause my cheap video editing program knows how to handle them). Much commerical DVD video is 720x480 (higher horizontal than vertical resolution but still 4x3 aspect ratio). Video you would shoot in a DV camera would actually be higher quality - and tremendously larger file size.